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Double tipping on a bar bill?

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Double tipping on a bar bill?

manku | Nov 13, 2008 10:15 AM

Recently, I ran up a few drinks at a restaurant bar before being seated. The tab was transferred to my dinner/table bill.

My companion said I needed to tip the bartender. I disagreed, as I said I would tip on the final bill.

If I tip the bartender, and then tip on the final bill, I'm tipping twice on the drinks - which on over $80 worth of drinks amounts to $16.

If I don't tip the bartender, is he shorted (table tips not shared?)

If I reduce my tip on the dining bill, the waiter will feel slighted and shorted.

Aside from the obvious choice of settling at the bar, what do people do here?

Thanks.

PS. I ended up tipping both, but it didn't seem right.

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